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Press Release: Burglary / Vandalism Arrest
Agency: La Quinta Police
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: February 6, 2018 Time: 3:00 PM
Incident Date: February 6, 2018 Time: 3:15 AM
Incident Location: 79-200 block of Blackhawk Way, La Quinta
Reporting Officer: Investigator Armando Muñoz – Public Information Officer
File Number(s): LA18037004


On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at approximately 3:15 am, officers from the La Quinta Police Department responded to a report of multiple alarm activations within multiple buildings located in the 79-200 block of Blackhawk Way (La Quinta High School). Officers quickly arrived at the location and located multiple buildings that were vandalized and burglarized. Officers along with Desert Sands School District Security searched the entire campus; however, unable to locate any suspects.

La Quinta officers immediately expanded their search throughout the city and located three male juveniles in the area of Highway 111 and Dune Palms Road. Officers determined the juveniles were in possession of stolen property from La Quinta High School as well as property connecting them to several other earlier reported thefts from multiple La Quinta area businesses. 

The La Quinta Special Enforcement Team (SET) assumed the investigation and linked the juveniles to additional thefts which were reported earlier that morning. The first theft was reported at approximately 12:00 am, from a business located in the 78-900 block of Highway 111. The second theft was reported at approximately 1:30 am, from a business located in the 79-400 block of Highway 111.

All three juveniles were arrested and booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall, located in the city of Indio for burglary and vandalism. The suspects involved are not La Quinta High School students and their names are being withheld because they are juveniles. This is an active investigation and anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer DiMaggio from the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team at (760) 863-8990, or they can remain anonymous by calling Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP (7867).

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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